The populations of California and Santa Cruz are aging. According to a recent report, 17% of the residents in the northern region of Santa Cruz County were aged 65 or older, compared to only 11% in the southern region. And that number is growing. Between 2014 and 2019, the share of the population over the age of 65 increased by 37% in the northern region and 10% in the southern region. With an aging population, more residents of Santa Cruz and the surrounding areas will be affected by elder abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect, and financial fraud. The attorneys at the Evans Law Firm, Inc., have many years of experience representing the residents of Santa Cruz in these matters and a long track record of success.
Handling Elder Abuse Cases in Santa Cruz
Ingrid M. Evans, the founder of the Evans Law Firm, Inc., is one of the state’s leading elder law attorneys. She focuses her practice on issues of importance to the elderly, including elder abuse. This type of abuse can take many forms. Some common examples of elder abuse include:
- Assault and battery
- Sexual assault and battery
- Failing to provide for the daily needs of the victim
- Unreasonable use of restraints
- Over- or under-medicating the victim
- Failing to maintain a safe and healthy living environment for the victim
- Isolating the victim from friends and family
- Psychological abuse or threats
Elder abuse can result in serious injuries and a severely diminished quality of life for its victims. If you are aware of elder abuse occurring in Santa Cruz, you should consider contacting an experienced elder law attorney who can help you investigate the matter and put a stop to it.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Santa Cruz
Nursing home abuse involves many of the same behaviors as general elder abuse, except that they occur within the confines of a nursing home or other assisted living facility and usually are perpetrated by the staff of those facilities. While nursing home abuse is intentional behavior, nursing home neglect is unintentional behavior that nonetheless harms the victim. Some examples of nursing home neglect include failing to properly feed and bathe the victim, failing to properly administer medication, and failing to respond to residents’ calls for help in a reasonably timely manner. Nursing home abuse and neglect can often be difficult to detect, which is why it is important to seek help from a veteran nursing home abuse attorney who is trained to spot the red flags that abuse or neglect might be occurring.
Dealing WIth Financial Fraud and Abuse in Santa Cruz
Financial fraud involves behaviors that are designed to manipulate, coerce, or trick the victim into parting with his or her money for the financial benefit of the perpetrator. Anyone can be a victim of financial fraud, but financial elder abuse can be particularly devastating for the elderly, as many older adults live in poverty or on fixed incomes. The attorneys at the Evans Law Firm, Inc., represent the victims of a wide variety of fraud, including annuity fraud, banking fraud, consumer fraud, insurance fraud, and stockbroker fraud.
For more information about elder abuse, nursing home abuse and neglect, or financial fraud, please contact the Evans Law Firm, Inc., by using our online contact form or calling us at 415-441-8669 or toll-free at 1-888-50EVANS (888-503-8267).